RNZB workshop with senior drama students

Sunday 7th June 2015

The Royal New Zealand Ballet workshops at John McGlashan College are becoming a highlight of the drama calendar.


RNZB dancer William helps Saba and Fraser with one of the moves
RNZB dancer William helps Saba and Fraser with one of the moves

John McGlashan College has struck up a wonderful relationship with the Royal New Zealand Ballet and the National ballet company has been coming to school to take workshops with drama students for the past couple of years. Pagan Dorgan (RNZB Educator) said she loves coming to our school to work our students. She said she finds our students extremely good to work with, they will give anything a go, and they take the new skills on board with energy and enthusiasm.

On Thursday 4th June the RNZB educator Pagan and two of the RNZB company members Loughlan Prior and William Fitzgerald came to spend two periods working with the NCEA2 drama class, focussing on movement skills. There was also the added highlight of having a local TV crew from Dunedin TV's Channel 39 in class filming the students as they were taken through a range of physical exercises.

Students tried counterbalance exercises, which focussed on strength, agility, and team work, and then moved onto trying out moves from the RNZB's piece "Salute", which was staged at the Regent Theatre on Wednesday 3rd June (and is currently touring New Zealand). 

Linking back to what the Year 11 and Year 12 drama students are doing in class with the devising of drama around 9/11 events, they will take what they've learned about movement and group skills and apply it to their devising pieces. Students are performing for assessment next week in class.

For more information and the link to watch the Dunedin TV piece on the RNZB visit, you can click here : Link to Channel39 news story.
Senior drama class at the beginning of the workshop and group exercises
Dancer Loughlan, Educator Pagan, and dancer William (all of the RNZB), show the class a movement to try
Senior Drama class during one of the group exercises in the RNZB workshop
RNZB dancers Loughlan and William look on to check how the students are coping with the counterbalance exercises
RNZB dancers William and Loughlan show the students how it's done
Jacob Walker watches RNZB dancer Louglan and senior drama student Alfie, try one of the counterbalance exercises
Liam and Ned work hard during the counterbalance exercises
RNZB dancer Loughlan Prior watches over the senior drama students as they try the counterbalance exercises
RNZB senior drama workshop
Dunedin TV Channel 39 cameraman watching the students trying out one of the RNZB's "Salute" moves from the show
RNZB dancer William helps Saba and Fraser with one of the moves
RNZB dancers Loughlan Prior and William Fitzgerald have a Q&A session with the senior drama class
Cameron and Mitchell trying out one of the group moves